After my sort of fail earlier this week, I decided to simply move on. All I can do is better, so better I did. I did very well with my food choices and never went overboard, not even this weekend!
I might add that Chili's restaurant has a FABULOUS dinner called Margarita chicken. It comes with a grilled chicken breast over a small amount of rice and the most fabulous black beans! According to Eat This, Not That is has 580 calories. Which for a large dinner is really great! Not only that, black beans are SO good for you. According to one study, black beans have more antioxidant activity, gram for gram, than other beans. And no, I suffered no indelicate side effects.
On Saturday, I went for one of my infamous jog/walks and managed to exercise for a distance of 4 miles with the following stats:
Duration: 54 minutes
Calories burned: 708
Average Heart Rate: 170
Maximum Heart Rate: 180 (A little better than last Saturday)
In Heart Rate Zone: Not very long...
All in all, my mile average was 13.5 minutes. I say that's not too shabby for someone who doesn't really run. Actually, I have no idea how far I ran, but I ran when I could until I just couldn't do it any more. And then I walked in between. I realize this really isn't a 'proper' way to train, but it's working for me.
Then today, I went on a shorter jog/walk for 2.5 miles. Sunday is generally a more relaxed exercise day as far as mileage, and then I build during the week. But, I finished it in 34 minutes and still burned almost 400 calories, so I'll take it.
My son and I have come up with one awesome fruit smoothie, so when I got back from exercising this evening, he helped me make smoothies for the family. Here is my favorite version:
1 banana, sliced by a 3 1/2 year old (if you don't have one of those, you can cut it yourself; it just won't be as cute.)
1/2 bag of frozen strawberries (I think the bag was 16 oz.)
1/2 cup 100% apple juice (this helps the sweetness factor)
1 5.3 oz. container of whatever Greek yogurt you like. We used Fage with honey.
Whip that bad boy in the blender and you have an awesome treat for you and one that your kid will even drink! I choose Greek yogurt because of the really high protein content and lower sugar count than regular yogurt. I also read that it helps your muscles recover after a workout. I'll let you know tomorrow if that's true.
I'm supposed to weigh-in tomorrow, but I am absolutely scared to death. I may wait until later in the week and try to get on a new weigh-in schedule. Weighing in on Friday seems so much better than Monday. I always have a 'case of the Mondays' anyway...who wants to add a weigh-in to that?